In a complete U-turn, Narayan Rane took back his resignation as Cabinet minister and said on Tuesday that he will remain in the Congress.
He also said that he will campaign for the Congress in the state Assembly polls scheduled for later this year.
He said that he had taken the decision after discussions with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre and Maharashtra CM Prithiviraj Chavan, along with other leaders. “I have decided to remain with Congress,” Rane said.
He also said that he would “continue as Heavy Industries Minister” and “try his best so that party wins the Assembly polls”.
“I am not saying that Congress will win, but I will work towards the party’s win in upcoming state polls,” Rane added.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Manikrao Thakre confirmed the same and said that Rane would “continue with the Congress and contribute in party’s Assembly campaign.”
Regarding the change of heart by Rane, Thakre said, “We had positive discussion with him.”
Rane had resigned from the Maharashtra cabinet last month and had lashed at Chavan saying that his alleged faulty style of functioning had led to Congress’ defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
He had also accused the Maharashtra CM of slow decision making and if taken then for implementing them.
As for the Congress party he had said that he did not see a good future for it in the upcoming state elections.